Fantasia International Film Festival

‘Dead Shack’, ‘Let There Be Light’, and ‘Tokyo Idols’ all hit Fantasia 17’

The coverage of Fantasia International Film Festival keeps rolling on. This time we highlight 3 unique films set to premiere at the stellar event. ZomCom DEAD SHACK is a “Goonies” style horror comedy and both LET THERE BE LIGHT and TOKYO IDOLS are fabulous documentaries with far fetched ideas and pop success from booming small island known as Japan.

DEAD SHACK – Directed by Peter Ricq

Fantasia North American Premiere – Saturday July 22, 2:30pm – Hall Cinema

DEAD SHACK is a dark horror-comedy that centres on 3 kids battling a family of zombies.

On a weekend getaway at a rundown cabin in the woods, Jason, a cautious teen, his crude best friend Colin and his fearless older sister Summer are forced to work together, grow up and save their hard-partying parents from their predatory neighbour intent on feeding them all to her undead family. DEAD SHACK is a feature film inspired by 80’s horror films. It is the debut feature from artist/director Peter Ricq.



LET THERE BE LIGHT – Directed by Mila Aung-Thwin & Van Royko

Fantasia Premiere – Thursday July 27, 9:00pm – Theatre D. B. Clarke

Can mankind create a small sun on Earth? Clean, safe and unlimited power has been an obsession for scientists and inventors for centuries, and an underlying preoccupation for our society as a whole. For decades, fusion has been delayed and thwarted by failure, miscalculation, fraud and politics. But today, fusion is being pursued with a renewed zeal, mostly because we’ve never needed it like we do now. 37 countries are currently collaborating to build the biggest experiment ever, in order to prove that fusion is viable. Will we finally succeed, or will the project collapse under its own massive complexity? The film chronicles the work of the passionate scientists who are struggling to make it work.


Tokyo Idols – Directed by Kyoko Miyake

Fantasia Premiere – Wednesday July 26, 7:30pm – Salle J.A. De Seve

Girl bands and their pop music permeate every moment of Japanese life. Following an aspiring pop singer and her fans, Tokyo Idols explores a cultural phenomenon driven by an obsession with young female sexuality, and the growing disconnect between men and women in hyper-modern societies.


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